Sesame Allergies on the Rise in U.S.
Sesame Seed Allergy Now Among Most Common Food Allergies
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The findings suggest that tree nut-allergic children with unexplained hives,
eczema, or other allergy symptoms might want to visit their allergist to
determine if they’re allergic to sesame as well, the doctors say.
But a third study showed that standard skin and blood testing for food
allergies “doesn’t predict whether a child has true sesame allergy,” says
Permaul Perdita, MD, also of Children’s Hospital Boston.
“The only way to really tell is to give them sesame seeds and see if they
have a reaction,” she says.
Such testing needs to be performed under medical supervision because there
is a chance that the patient could have a potentially life-threatening
anaphylactic reaction, Perdita tells WebMD. “What we really need is a better
blood or skin test.”